ESPN apologized to the Patriots at 12:20 am this morning while everybody was asleep and it wasn’t even for misreports regarding deflategate, instead it was for Spygate.
Steve Levy, an ESPN anchor, said he apologizes for ESPN about misreports that they showed on TV regarding a 2002 scandal revolving Super Bowl 36. They cited, a false 2008 report from the Boston Herald that said the Patriots filmed the Rams’ walk-through practice the day before the Super Bowl. The paper said “sorry” three months later on the front page to the Patriots and said the information they received was inaccurate. Still, 7 years later, ESPN brought it up like it was a fact and not a false report, so for that and only that, they are sorry.
“On two occasions in recent weeks, SportsCenter incorrectly cited a 2002 report regarding the New England Patriots and Super Bowl XXXVI,” Levy said. “That story was found to be false, and should not have been part of our reporting. We apologize to the Patriots organization.”
Spygate, of course, for no good reason has been brought up over the recent and never-ending scandal deflategate revolving around the Patriots.
The two occasions they are talking about is when Bill Polian was talking about the Pats controversies involving spygate and deflateate, ESPN showed a graphic that read “Patriots filmed Rams final walk-through before Super Bowl XXXVI.” And, when ESPN anchor Hannah Storm brought up the false report to Mike Dikta, who was defending the Patriots, and saying they have never cheated, she said, “Some would say that the filming of the practices earlier, that that does qualify as cheating, which is certainly something that’s part of the Patriots’ history.”
Storm took to Twitter later on to clear up her false information she shared on ESPN.
“Want to clarify: Pats were penalized for filming Jets during a game, not for filming team’s practices, as I said yesterday”, Storm tweeted.
So, they apologized for incorrect reporting regarding something to do with Spygate which happened 7 years ago, but not the scandal that is deflategate and all their false reports that is still happening.
Forget saying sorry for Chris Mortensen’s misreport on how the footballs were “inflated significantly below the NFL’s requirements” during the AFC Championship game, which painted a bad picture of the Patriots and made it seem like a much bigger deal than it was. The story is still on ESPN.
ESPN said sorry during the midnight hours when most people are sleeping, and most of us know, you never believe late night apologizes. And, this might be the worst “I’m Sorry” ever, but hey, at least they apologized for something.
The Pats accept their apology though, retweeting the video on their official Twitter page.
I know I’m being highly sarcastic during this post, but still, thanks for clearing up that annoying rumor that the Pats filmed the Rams.